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America loves entrepreneurs. And for good reason, as small businesses are incredibly important to the country, generating 44% of US economic activity. There’s something about the grit and determination it takes to launch a business and the American ethos of individualism, determinism, and hard work that jives really well.

The start-up founder is an almost legendary figure in American culture. People like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos have an enormous influence on our society — sometimes good, sometimes bad, but always significant.

During the pandemic, it seems like everyone has been building their personal brands, launching some kind…


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GDP Isn’t Good Enough

I think it’s safe to say that many Americans are in a difficult position right now and do not feel positively about the direction of our country. In fact, recent poll found that 8 out of 10 Americans feel that the country is headed in the wrong direction.

This is striking considering the fact that less than six months ago, the US had the “greatest economy in the history of the world,” according to President Trump.

Obviously, much has happened in recent months, a global pandemic, shutdowns of businesses across the country, civil unrest, and an increasingly divisive election season…


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As a professional fundraiser, I have to be good at asking for things.

But asking for things is an important skill that everyone needs to be successful. Too many people are afraid to ask for the things they need. This can hold you back, and it opens the door for those who may not be as talented or qualified as you but aren’t afraid to ask.

Just like anything, there are basic strategies that you can use to perform a stronger, better ask that is more likely to get a yes.

Getting Over the Fear

The first step to asking is getting over the…


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Moving to Buenos Aires, Argentina During the 2008 Financial Crisis Was the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

The US is in a situation unlike any we’ve faced as a country. 2020 has brought many challenges. A deadly pandemic, social unrest, a looming financial crisis, and nihilistic, self-interested national leadership that has proven completely incapable of reassuring us or making things better.

As a University employee, I have thought a lot about the impact this has on students, especially those who either getting ready to enter college or who have graduated this past spring. …


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MBA programs were once the fastest way to catapult a business career from promising start to upper management. It was fairly straightforward — you got an undergraduate degree, spent a couple years making a name for yourself as an intelligent and hard-working young person, then spent two years getting an MBA.

Afterwards, the world was yours.

Of course, getting an MBA was always prohibitively expensive and less likely to qualify you for scholarships or financial aid. …


Our lives are a series of choices, some of which we make ourselves and some of which are made for us.

In the end, we’ll all look back on our lives and the choices we made and judge whether they were good or bad and what they add up to.

It’s like we’re all driving a train that won’t stop, deciding which turns to take with nothing more than a vague idea of where we’re going or when we’ll get there. So how can we make the right choices?

Rolling the Dice

I landed in Buenos Aires at 3 am on January 3…


It is not hard to see that higher education is facing a looming existential crisis. As the cost of a university degree continues to soar and college debt piles up, many are starting to question if a college degree is really worth it.

A century ago, university was for elites and getting a degree was not about preparing students for work, it was about producing well-rounded aristocrats with appreciation for art, history and culture.

As time went on, education became more open and democratic. …


Habits are an essential part of life.

They help us navigate our daily routines without having to continually reinvent the wheel by coming up with new approaches to ordinary tasks and activities. They preserve our brainpower, enabling us to dedicate our thoughts to solving complex problems and creating ideas. And they can be combined to form lifestyles that help us accomplish our goals.

Habits are a good thing. But as we all know, not all habits are created equal. Some habits are bad and prevent us from achieving our full potential. Some habits need to change.

What if focusing on…

Sam Mack

Rethink power structures.

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